Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Tom Cruise Parody ala Scrapbooking

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this woman!!


i took my final exam last week for my transcription course and passed. finally. it feels really good to be finished. i have a small course to teach me the process of transcription, using the equipment, and learning methods of interpreting different accents that doctors may have. then i can earn some muh-la!! my family will be so happy!

i have been feeling great lately. i was in the kitchen loading the dishwasher a couple days ago. i had all the windows open to "blow out the stink" as my Mom would say, LOL. i heard a bird singing....and it was wonderful. sounds sappy, i know, but it was great. it means to me that spring is coming and i can't wait. i could really use some warm, sunny days.

berto has used an indoor seed-sprouting kit to raise Sweet Pea plants for our front planters that have lattice on the back. we have one on each side of the garage door. i can't wait to get these planted so they can weave their way up the lattice. it's been kinda cold in the mornings so we are going to wait a few weeks.

i have been cooking and baking a lot lately. it's great to finally get back to that. i love it so much and it seemed to be something that i "used" to do. i was concerned that i was going to never get back my love of cooking but......i was wrong. i have a great cookie recipe!!


2 sticks butter

2 sticks butter

1C sugar

3/4C firmly packed brown sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp instant espresso coffee powder

2C flour

2/3 C cocoa powder

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

3/4 C white choc. chips

1/2 C semisweet choc. chips

pre-heat oven to 325 degrees

cream butter and sugars. add eggs, vanilla, and espresso powder. mix well. sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. mix this into creamed mixture. stir in the chips.

line baking sheets w/ parchment paper or spray with cooking spray. scoop the dough into 12 large (2/3 C) mounds, arranging them, 4 to a sheet, at least 3" apart. Bake until cookies are flat, 20-25 minutes. ( i made the cookies smaller so i would have more and it worked just fine. i set my timer for 18 minutes. your over may be different so adjust as needed.)

i want to share something that swells my heart with pride. cj wants to join the STARS program at the start of next year. STARS is Students Today Aren't Ready for Sex. it is a peer-based program and he wants to be able to talk to younger students and help them be able to say no, giving them the tools the need to be strong.

STARS program

i will leave you with a few blogs that i am in love with right now:
Confessions of a Pioneer Woman
Christine Middlecamp


Friday, March 07, 2008


berto and his friend john had to work on my computer and save all of my stuff onto my 2 external hard drives. (yes, i have 2 so if one tanks i have another, and yes, i am paranoid) they could wipe my computer clean and put it back to factory settings. we think i had a virus or something.

but...now my pictures are in a different place and photoshop elements isn't loaded onto my computer yet, so i can't crop/alter my pictures. irritating i tell you!! i have a few pictures i want to post and i can't. bother!!

i do have this...and it totally makes me happy.

bailey and i are totally fighting over him. she says she saw him first. lol my daughter and i are in love with the same guy.....what is the world coming to?? though i also love this guy:

it might be the accent. what is it about men with accents?